Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
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The Boat Listing
Details of over 70,000 individual boats registered by the Canal & RiverTrust (formerly British Waterways), the Environment Agency and Broads Authority waters.
Note: The details of individual boats have been taken from files kindly supplied by the navigation authorities so will reflect their records. If you find a record is not correct please check with the navigation authority to ensure that their records are updated but note that this listing is only updated once each year so many updates will not be reflected in this listing until the following year. For more details see the Boat Listing Information page.
The values entered in the fields above are only the start value of the item you are searching for so if, for example, you enter "C" in boat name you will get all boats starting with C and if you enter "GOL" you will have all boats starting with those three letters listed.
Types of Boat
Leisure Boats - Modern Narrowboats, Cruisers and other craft intended for recreational use. For rowing and sculling boats see separate entry.
Working Narrowboats - The narrowboats used during the commercial carrying days of the canals.
Wide Beam Working Boat - Barges, trows, flats, keels, wherries and other broad beam commercial boats.
Maintenance Craft - Dredger, icebreaker, tug and work flat.
Compartment and Container Boats - Tub boats, Tom puddings and other container boats.
Rowing and Sculling boats - Ancient and modern craft propelled by oars or sculls.
Fishing Boat - Boats, old and current, which are used mainly for inland or estary fishing.
Other Types of Boat - Ferries, College Barges, Packet boats, Inspection Boats, Gun Punt etc.
Other Boats and Boating Pages
Most Popular Boat Names A listing of boat names in order of popularity according to the Boat Listing.
Bantam Tug Listing A listing of all the Bantam Tugs built by E C Jones & Son (Brentford) Ltd.
Bantam Tugs All about these push-pull tugs built in the 1950s and 60s.
Introducing Canal Boating How to choose a boat, navigation basics, working locks.
Buying a Boat Some points to be considered when buying a boat.
Craft and Lock Dimensions More information about boat and lock sizes.
Safe and Friendly Cruisng Advice on boating etiquette from the leading inland waterways organisations.
River Thames Lock Sizes Individual lock sizes for each Thames lock.
Navigation Authorities Addresses, contact details and wateraways covered by all the navigation authorities for which information is available.
Boat Listings A to Z boat listings pages.